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A glass wall brings garden into kitchen.

BRINGING THE garden into the kitchen without violating the character of the house was the principal aim' in remodeling this 1880s-vintage Victorian. An earlier breakfast nook addition seemed cramped and inadequate because of its single, small, garden-facing window, and because it was not fully integrated with the existing kitchen.

The first thought was to update the kitchen and then replace the garden-facing wall with a prefabricated metal greenhouse section. But San Francisco architect Mark Horton felt that the thin metal mullions and small panes of the prefabricated piece would contrast too jarringly with the tall proportions and substantial scale of details in the rest of the house.

Instead, he treated the kitchen and breakfast areas as a single continuous space organized around a 12-foot-long island and oriented toward a custom-designed window wall. He designed the wall both to capture as much of the garden view as possible and to complement the kitchen's 12-foot ceiling.

The four major panes rise 7 1/2 feet; above them, four smaller panes stretch an additional 2 1/2 feet. A sloping glass roof consists of four ready-made clear skylights, allowing views into the tree-tops. The window frames are 2-by-4s wrapped with custom-milled moldings to create 8-inch-thick mullions. Horton adapted the mullion detail from Victorian moldings found elsewhere in the house. Similar detailing was used on the kitchen cabinets.

on Valentine's Day. You can make these heart-shaped boxes in any size, then personalize them with felt-tip pen designs or glued-on gift-wrap.


* For felt-tip pen designs: cardboard (we used shirt cardboard) and pens.

* For gift-wrap hearts: light-weight bristol board and wrapping paper or fabric.

* For all hearts: ribbon, yarn, or string for bows; tissue paper (optional).

You'll also need a compass, a ruler, a pencil, scissors, a glue stick or spray-mount adhesive, a dull or sharp knife, and a hole punch.



To begin, make boxes following the three steps shown below, using circles of any size. If coloring with felt-tip pens, add your design before folding the heart. For each gift-wrap box, glue a circle of gift-wrap to a circle of bristol board, then mark your cut-and-fold pattern on the bristol board side. During folding, make sure pencil marks are inside. Stuff hearts with tissue; secure open area of each with a bow.
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Author:Gregory, Daniel P.
Date:Feb 1, 1992
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